Wrestling / Baron Corbin

The Lone Wolf

"I don't live for anyone other than myself."

Thomas Pestock (born September 13, 1984 in Lenexa, Kansas) is an American professional wrestler, retired boxer and football player currently signed to WWE, where he performs under the ring name Baron Corbin.

He was initially a Jobber prior to his repackaged as a Wrestling Monster. At WrestleMania 32, he made his main roster debut at that year's Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal and winning it too. Later that year he was drafted to SmackDown Live and in 2017 became Mr. Money in the Bank.

"You Can't Trope Fate":

  • The Aloner: His Red Baron (no pun intended) is the "Lone Wolf" for a reason.
  • Animal Motifs: Wolves.
  • Awesome McCool Name: Baron Corbin.
  • Badass Biker: He has a bit of a Biker motif and is also a motorcycle afficionado in real life.
  • Barbarian Longhair: He has long hair and is very aggressive in the ring.
  • The Brute: He's a big, tall man whose wrestling style can be described as "pounding the hell out of his opponent."
  • The Bully: Corbin is a big guy and one of his hobbies is beating up small guys. He hates small guys. Especially Kalisto.
  • The Bus Came Back: Having previously been a jobber, he officially debuted at Takeover 2 to squash CJ Parker, which instantly got most of the audience on his side.
  • Catch-Phrase: On Twitter, and in his promo, it's "You can't fight fate" and "All hail".
  • Collector of the Strange: Not part of his gimmick, but in real life Pestock is known for buying weird stuff, like old medical tools or the remains of animals.
  • Conspicuous Consumption: Part of his mercenary persona is him showing off and bragging about his expensive watches and nice house.
  • David Vs Goliath: Corbin's bigger than most people. His favorites to beat up, though, seem to be indy types on the smaller side of the size spectrum. Definitely true of his feud with Kalisto, who's the smallest guy on the roster that doesn't exclusively work the Cruiserweight Division.
  • Darkhorse Victory:
    • His main roster debut - winning the 3rd Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania with no setup whatsoever. He was only given a passing mention as being in the Battle Royal (although he would've been hard not to notice at 6'8") and was widely thought to be an extra body - until he won the whole thing, cementing his victory by eliminating Kane of all people, who happens to have a very good record in battle royal situations note  and was pushed as a possible winner.
    • The next shocker came at Money in the Bank 2017, where Corbin won the briefcase. Among the people participating in the match were fan favorite like AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura and Kevin Owens, who were all expected to win, yet Corbin took the opportunity and grabbed the briefcase, cementing himself on the top of the card.
  • Expy: Not so much in character, but he has a lot of similarities to 80's WWF wrestler Bad News Brown, especially his loner, misanthropic tendencies and unable to get along with either faces or heels.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Although his actual turn is hard to pin down, he gradually became one as the crowd started to turn on him and the NXT writers just rolled with it.
  • Finishing Move: A Pendulum lifting Reverse STO he calls the End of Days. Austin Aries is the only one to kick out of it, while on the main roster it's a One-Hit Kill.
  • Forklift Fu: He tries to crush Dean Ambrose with one during a backstage brawl.
  • Genre Roulette: Corbin's gimmick is a very eclectic mix of different 'genres' of wrestling. He has a mix of the old-school by being a big, greedy, arrogant, bullying heel who played pro football. He has a bit of 90s era WWF by being a vaguely supernatural guy associated with an 'alternative' subculture (metal and motorcycles). And he has a bit of the current, meta-character by being a commentary on the "sissification" and "indiefication" of WWE by being a 'real' athlete who's big and slow, didn't work the indies or grow up as a fan of wrestling, and doesn't care about making friends with his peers or putting on good matches.
  • Genre Savvy: This wasn't a huge part of his initial character, but after he was firmly cemented as a heel, he became very aware that the NXT crowd at Full Sail (which has always leaned toward the smarky side) was suspicious of him because of his lack of indy credentials and didn't respect him as a "wrestler's wrestler," so to speak. This has given him an irrational hatred of former indy stars, so he now enjoys beating them up - particularly in front of an audience.
  • The Giant: He's 6'8.
  • Hate Sink: He's not just a loner out of choice, part of his main-roster gimmick is that he's hated and despised by the other wrestlers in the locker room.
  • It's All About Me: He doesn't beat around the bush when it comes to his priorities.
  • Jerkass Definitely. Even in Real Life, Pestock comes across as a Jerk Jock at times.
  • London England Syndrome: He's billed from Kansas City, but we haven't been told which Kansas City. For all we know he could be from the Kansas City border.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: It's been hinted that he's not actually human (having called himself a 'different breed' and alluded to 'my kind' in a promo), but there's no concrete evidence either way. Given the wolf motif, some fans think that he may be a werewolf.
  • Meaningful Name: 'Corbin' means 'raven-haired'.
  • Mighty Glacier: When he's not having a squash match, he moves slowly, but he hits his opponents hard.
  • Mysterious Past: According to the commentators, nobody knows anything about him, and even Regal couldn't— or wouldn't— say. Subverted once Pestock's real life football past was incorporated into his character upon his heel turn.
  • Only in It for the Money: He always goes where the money is.
  • Phrase Catcher: He's one of the latest recipients of the 'X is gonna kill you' chant.
  • Psychotic Smirk: After he wins.
  • The Quiet One: He doesn't talk a lot—he walks in, does his match, and usually leaves straight afterwards without so much as saying a single word. This changed when Bull Dempsey started to annoy him.
    • Since joining the commentary team, Corey Graves has claimed that they hang around the same circles, and while Corbin doesn't say much, when he does speak, people pay attention.
  • The Rival: Bull Dempsey, though Corbin seems to view Dempsey as less of a rival and more of a persistent annoyance.
    • With Bull demoted to Jobber status, Rhyno seems to have taken his place as Corbin's rival.
    • Corbin and Rhyno formed an uneasy alliance for the Dusty Rhodes tag team tournament and actually did well, making it all the way to the final round. However, their rivalry might be brewing again when Corbin eliminated Rhyno during a battle royal for the No. 1 contender spot.
    • He then interrupted a title match between Apollo Crews and Finn Balor, which has led to a feud between him and Apollo.
    • Then he interrupted Austin Aries' debut entrance to beat him down and start a feud with Aries.
    • After Dean Ambrose robbed him of the chance to earn the WWE Championship at Elimination Chamber 2017, Corbin went on to feud with him.
    • Sami Zayn in April until Backlash 2017
    • Shinsuke Nakamura after Money In The Bank 2017
  • Shadow Archetype: To about half the roster. Every wrestler who wanted to do it since they were a kid and cares about the craft over making a buck, especially if they're small and had an unconventional or circuitous route to WWE. As Corbin said, all it took was one phone call and he was in.
  • Squash Match: In between his return at Takeover 2 and the arrival of Samoa Joe, he was pretty much winning every match in usually under a minute. By October 30, 2014, the audience were counting how long the matches went for.
  • 13 Is Unlucky: Corbin has "13" emblazoned on his pants, which he considers his lucky number. It even was his number in the 2017 Royal Rumble, where he managed to eliminate the unstoppable Braun Strowman. Pestock's birthday also falls on September, 13.
  • Two First Names: Corbin can be both a first name and a last name. Baron can be both a first name and a title.
  • Wrestling Monster: No one has kicked out of his finisher. No one.